Matisyahu has decided to take a new spiritual journey.
To kick things off, he's leaving a piece of his past identity behind.
By shaving his beard!
As a Hasidic Jew, his beard was easily his most identifiable trait. The long beard is traditionally part of Orthodox Judaism.
The pictures were first revealed on Twitter. He tweeted the message:
At the break of day I look for you at sunrise When the tide comes in I lose my disguise
Following the message, he posted the two pictures above.
Sorry folks, all you get is me…no alias. When I started becoming religious 10 years ago it was a very natural and organic process. It was my choice. My journey to discover my roots and explore Jewish spirituality—not through books but through real life. At a certain point I felt the need to submit to a higher level of religiosity…to move away from my intuition and to accept an ultimate truth. I felt that in order to become a good person I needed rules—lots of them—or else I would somehow .fall apart. I am reclaiming myself. Trusting my goodness and my divine mission.
So does this mean his Hasidic days are over?
Not so fast. The rapper announced on his Facebook page that he still "went to the Mikva and Shul just like yesterday."
New look for Matisyahu; same beliefs.